Report: NFL investigators have visited Browns over sideline text report

Friday January 23rd, 2015

NFL investigators have spoken with Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine about a report saying that a high-ranking personnel member sent texts about play calls from the press box to the sidelines during a game, according to a report from Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

The report cited a source in saying that "coaches became upset when a high-ranking personnel member texted from the press box to the sidelines about play calls."

The league's electronic devices rule prohibits such communication.

The texts reportedly contributed to former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan feeling "at odds" with the team's personnel department. Shanahan and the Browns parted ways earlier this month.

"The investigators came in here, I spoke with them,'' Pettine said Thursday. "When that's resolved, I'll be in a better situation to speak on it.''

Before Shanahan and the team parted ways, a report surfaced regarding "friction" between the team's front office and some coaches. This week Browns general manager Ray Farmer called friction between front offices and coaches "natural."

The Browns replaced Shanahan with former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

Cleveland posted a 7-9 record and finished in last place in the NFC North after losing its final five games of the season.

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